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napowrimo #25

April 25, 2010

I am so tired today! I don’t know if it’s the poeming or the lack of sleep this past week (plus some), but I am exhausted. It would be much easier to lie down and take a snooze than write a poem. Probably that’s true most of the time, though. Anyway, it’s NaPoWriMo Day #25.

I’m writing on the heels of a really fun and inspired contest — Be the Poet Laureate of Smitty’s Tavern in Voorheesville, NY. It was wonderful to hear so many good poems, be in great company and have a few beers (things you may have heard I enjoy). I also have the honor of being the Laureate Runner-Up and winner of $50 cash. Very cool. In my little world. The winner was Barbara Vink, who earned the title with three strong poems, one of which very successfully used the word “assholes” — no small feat!

Neither of today’s prompts (Read Write Poem and Poetic Asides) fired up my muse, so I looked back to see what prompts I may have missed. I really like the title suggestions Robert Lee Brewer posts as prompts. On his day 7 (“Until”), I wrote to a different prompt, but today, I went back to give it a try. I attempted to pull in four separate images from random notes in my journal. This one has a long way to go, if it survives after NaPoWriMo at all.




Tally: 28.0 = 9.5 RWP + 15.5 PAD + 3.0 Book of Kells. (Target is now 33.)

  1. April 25, 2010 8:54 pm

    Well. The first three weeks were great and now you’re taking it up a notch, maybe New Yorker material? Seriously, I liked this poem and the inspiration that comes from seeing how a single word is all a great poem needs to get started. Bravo, Carolee.

  2. April 25, 2010 11:01 pm

    I will second that Carolee, fantastic!

  3. April 26, 2010 4:57 am

    Ingenious combination – and I’m not just talking about the third stanza!

  4. April 26, 2010 6:13 am

    I doubt it has as long a way to go as you think it has 🙂 I find it quite intriguing.

  5. April 27, 2010 7:20 am

    I particularly liked the image of:

    “in the next room. His practiced
    dick is in you with so much
    composure the clicking
    of the combination is all
    maneuver and no sound.”

    “Clicking of the combination” is great stuff.

    And congrats on the “Be the Poet Laureate of Smitty’s Tavern” — fabulous. I wish I could have been there to listen.

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